Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Toronto Star (TheStar.com)
Feb. 14, 2003. 01:00 AM
Journey from Dances With Wolves to Soaks In Javex
Fancy Dancing was written and directed by Sherman Alexie, who became a Sundance hero with Smoke Signals. Fancy Dancing is in limited release in the U.S., with no distribution in Canada yet.
St. John stresses that while Alexie is willing to sell his product, he is not willing to sell out. Smoke Signals scooped up the Filmmakers Trophy and the Audience Awareness Award at Sundance and Miramax threw a three-picture deal at Alexie. Alas, his creative vision differed from Harvey Weinstein's.
"Sherman (who is Spokane) wrote umpteen drafts of Reservation Blues to get green-lit, then they went back to him," she relates. "It was about two Flathead Indian girls on the reservation in Montana and Weinstein wanted them to be played by Salma Hayek and J.Lo."
Movie studio wanted J.Lo to play an Indian
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2003
The Miramax film studio wanted Puerto Rican actress / singer / danger Jennifer Lopez and Mexican / Arab actress Selma Hayek to play two Indian girls in a movie, Native actress Michelle St. John says.
Assuming that all dark-skinned people look alike is even more stereotypical than assuming all Indians look alike.
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